The Salt River Rafters and Phoenix Desert Dogs played to a 3-3 tie over 11 innings last night.
Three Nats farmhands played in the contest:
- Brian Goodwin was the DH and led off, but went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
- Matt Skole batted third, played first base, and went 1-for-3 with two walks.
- Aaron Barrett tossed two scoreless innings, giving up two hits, but striking out three
Defensively, Skole played error-free in nine chances and even turned a 3-6-3 DP — not bad for a guy new to the position.
Barrett was the subject of Byron Kerr’s latest missive on the minors, but I have a feeling folks might be more interested to learn that Kerr has confirmed what has long been suspected: Matt Purke has had shoulder surgery.
I’ve put in a couple of questions regarding a couple of other pitchers (Josh Smoker, Manny Rodriguez), though I suspect one or both has been released and the other, if not released, has had surgery.
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Winter leagues have begun in Venezuela, Mexico and the Domnican Republic over the last few days. The Australian Baseball League begins its preseason tomorrow, regular season in 10 days while the Puerto Rican League starts three weeks from tomorrow. I’ll begin weekly updates on the stats for all the offseason leagues starting next week. In the meantime, here’s a look at the Nats players that have been spotted thus far (excluding players that did not play in the Washington minors this past summer):
|• Carlos Rivero||• Manny Mayorson|
|• Tanner Roark||• Erik Davis|
|Mexico||• Pat McCoy|
|• Zech Zinicola||• Kevin Pucetas|
|• Hassan Pena||• Atahualpa Severino|